Enacting Change in a Polarized World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Inequality March 7th-8th 2014

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The English Graduate Organization of Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Enacting Change in a Polarized World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Inequality

Human interaction has been characterized by polarizing inequalities. Even so, courageous individuals continue to expose these inequalities and tip the balance of power. From Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus to sweatshop workers fighting for workplace equity, figures of resistance enact change in the face of extraordinary opposition and inspire revolution.
The English Graduate Organization of Indiana University of Pennsylvania invites presentations for their 2014 Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on March 7-8, 2014. We invite paper abstracts and complete panels, workshops, poster presentations, and roundtable proposals on all aspects of inequality. We are interested in proposals that explore historical, racial, sexual, and socio-economic inequalities in multiple fields, the changes that inequality has brought to different fields of study, and the representations of inequalities, among other topics. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Literature, Composition, Criminology, Anthropology, Art, Communication, Education, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History, Media, and Sciences.
Topics of interest may include but are not limited to:
 Responses to Trayvon Martin's Death
 Global Effects of the Arab Spring
 Disparity Between the Rich and the Poor
 Marriage Equality and the Law
 Ecological Injustice and the Racialized Landscape
 Pedagogical Approaches to Inequality
 Privilege, Mobility, and Activism
 Queer Critiques of the Liberal Discourse of (In)equality
 Racial Disparity within Prisoner Rehabilitation Programs
 Literary and Film Interpretations of Inequality
Any proposal for a complete panel, roundtable, or workshop should include a short description of the central topic, supplemented by brief individual abstracts. Please also indicate clearly if you need audiovisual equipment.
Please send an abstract of 250 words to iupego2014conference@gmail.com by December 15th, 2013.
Graduate Students are invited to submit papers for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania English Graduate Organization's annual Graduate Student Awards. 1st place will receive a $100 gift card, 2nd place will receive a $75 gift card, and 3rd place receive a $50 gift card. Each winner will have her or his paper published in Voices, the official publication of the English Graduate Organization. Students must present their paper at the conference to be eligible to win a graduate student award. To be considered for the award, send complete paper and paper abstract to the English Graduate Organization via email by December 15th, 2013. Papers should be 8-10 pages in length.